Sculptors and artisans, Chris and Nicola Cox first began working together in the mid 1990's, bonding over a shared love of the decorative arts. In 2005, the pair founded Cox London, a sculptural and art-based furniture and lighting brand, rooted in the tradition of design. Following a recent visit to their London foundry, we caught up with Chris to learn more about how the brand and its design processes.
You are both sculptors, does your experience as a sculptor help you visualise what a design on paper will look like in 3D?
Yes we have always had to understand the relationship between the 2 dimensional drawings we make and the resulting 3 dimensional pieces. After studying as a sculptor I trained in a chandelier and metalwork restoration workshop. One of my weekly tasks was to design and draw wooden bases for whatever ceramics had come in (usually an assortment of valuable and collectible vases) in order to lamp them sympathetically. I very quickly learnt that my drawn profiles, whilst slender on the page, were surprisingly large in the round as woodturnings. You quickly learn to account for this transformation!